Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2525 – Hints
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.
Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Friday, 5th March.
1a Oversensitive and extremely testy, bearing pained expression (6)
To get this word meaning oversensitive put the outside letters (extremely) of testy around (bearing) a pained expression (hit your thumb with a hammer and you might well say this, among other things!)
23a Declaration of my friendship for Muslim territory (7)
If you split this territory which is under the jurisdiction of a Muslim leader as (1’1,1,4) it could be a declaration of my friendship
29a Relatively poor negotiator (6)
A word meaning more poor, in the sense of having even less money than someone who has none, is also a negotiator of, say, insurance policies
1d Characters on pitch always playing similar roles (8)
Put some characters used in printing on a word meaning to pitch, as in to throw, and you get a word that describes an actor who is always playing similar roles – the synonym for print characters collectively that is used here is a singular noun, although it can’t really be described as a collective noun
22d Situation, in brief, around university in turmoil (6)
A situation could be described as circumstances and Chambers gives a five-letter shortened form of this which can then be placed around U(niversity) to get a word meaning a turmoil – particularly tricky when the wordplay contains a little-known short form of a synonym and the answer is one of the less obvious meanings of the answer; thank heavens for checking letters!
24d A carriage overturned to one side (5)
Start with A and then add the kind of carriage pulled by a pony, but reversed, and you get a word meaning to one side or separated – down clues have so many more constructs available to them, like overturned being used here as a reversal indicator
If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.
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